The interim Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Mohammed has revealed that the TCN will be expanding the national grid capacity to 20,000 megawatts with the $1.55bn it secured from several multilateral agencies. The multilateral agencies are; the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, European Union and Japan International Corporation Agency (JAICA). Mr Muhammed stated this in Kano at the just concluded 18th edition of the monthly Power Sector Stakeholders meeting.
The availability of the funding had led to the TCN restarting some projects like; the Abuja Transmission Project, the JAICA project, which has been on the drawing board since, and advertisement of transformer capacities for Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Shiroro regions.
Mr Mohammed also acknowledged the inability of the DisCos evacuation capacity to match the higher capacity that could be reeled out by the TCN, a situation which has led to the stranding of load generation of about 2,000 megawatts, which could be damaging to future investments in power generation drive if not attended to. He also explained other measures being taken by the TCN in addressing the DisCo load rejection.